About Gwen Molnar

Poet, artist, and writer of children's fiction, Edmonton-born Gwen Molnar has been painting, and writing children's poetry and fiction, for decades.

A descendant of a prominent family in Edmonton's Strathcona district, Gwen served in the Canadian Navy (WRCNS), 1944—45, graduated from the University of Alberta (B.Ed., '49, B.A. (Art) '79), was Film Librarian for the National Film Board's Alberta office, and then lived for 23 years in Rochester, Minnesota, where her husband, George, was a Mayo Clinic consultant. She worked as a medical proofreader at Mayo before their children, Jane and Charles, were born, and later did substitute teaching. Gwen and George have one grandchild, Hazel Molnar.

The family returned to Edmonton in 1975, when George accepted a position as Chairman of the Dept. of Medicine at the University of Alberta.


First Prize, Canadian Authors Association Poetry Contest, for "Around the World for a Shortcut," 1995.
Honourable Mention, Alberta Writers Guild R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature, 1997, for Animal Rap and Far-Out Fables, 1996.
Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award, for Sebastian's Promise, 2000.
Seniors' Association of Greater Edmonton Award for Outstanding Community Service in Arts & Culture, April 2015.

Professional Memberships

Access Copyright (the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency)
Canadian Federation of University Women
CANSCAIP (Canadian Association of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers)
League of Canadian Poets
Public Lending Right Program
Writers' Union of Canada
Gwen has been a member of Delta Gamma since her student days at U. of A.